WEB FLASH: HHS girls ousted in first round (March 7)

The Hillsboro Trojans got off to a fast start, but turnovers and increasingly colder shooting were their undoing as they lost to Conway Springs, 45-29, in the first round of the Class 3A tournament in Hutchinson Wednesday night.

A couple of 3-pointers by Jill Hein and a 2-pointer and 3-pointer by Shannon Kroeker staked the Trojans to an 11-4 lead with less than four minutes gone in the game. Hillsboro didn’t score again until Hein hit a basket with 6:16 left in the second quarter and Conway Springs had taken a 12-11 lead.

HHS managed only two buckets by Hein in that quarter and trailed at halftime, 21-15.

The Trojan’s shooting got progressively worse as the night went on. A 3-pointer by Hein with four minutes left in the third quarter pulled Hillsboro back to within nine points, 27-18. Kroeker followed with basket and Amber Hefley hit a three to make the score 28-23 with 1:15 to go in the third quarter. Conway Springs led 30-23 at the break.

In the fourth quarter, Ashley Holt of the Cardinals broke out with 13 points. No one stepped up for Hillsboro on either end of the floor.

Hein finished with 13 points and Kroeker 10. Only two other Trojans scored–Amber Hefley and Angela Herzet each had three points.

It was a disappointing performance for the Trojans, who finished 20-3 on the season. Hillsboro turned the ball with regularity and had trouble battling the bigger and stronger Cardinals on the boards. At times, the Trojans simply were not playing with their usual intensity. Some of the credit goes to Conway Springs, but this Hillsboro team was not the same one that played to win against Hesston in the sub-state finals.

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